Explorers program halted due to sex assault case

This photo from TrumbullPoliceCadets.com shows Officer William Ruscoe at the Connecticut Police Memorial in 2012. (Photo: TrumbullPoliceCadets.com)

TRUMBULL, Conn. (WTNH)– A police explorer program that a Trumbull police officer presided over is being brought to a stop on the heels of his child sexual assault case.

Officer William Ruscoe was supposed to be a mentor of two teenage girls in the Trumbull police explorer’s program. Now he is a defendant facing a judge in a Bridgeport court Wednesday, charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against them.

“It’s just a horrible thing what he did. He was trusted with these teenagers and they look up to him and I feel he took advantage of them,” said Donna Anderson, Trumbull resident.

State police also feel that Ruscoe took advantage of two teens ages 16 and 17, enough that they issued a warrant for his arrest and put him behind bars.

He is out now on a $50,000 bond.

According to the court documents Ruscoe used a cell phone to reach out to his alleged victims and establish a personal relationship but it was also those cell phones that led to his arrest.

One of the accusers went to the police with a cell phone containing nude pictures she sent to Ruscoe and sexual text messages. She says Ruscoe sent her nude pictures of his own wife. Court documents say state police seized Ruscoe’s phone and found those photos.

They also found some of another accuser who says Ruscoe took her to his home after the explorers helped with an event at Trumbull High School, then handcuffed and sexually assaulted her.

“A lot of young kids aspire to be police officers and when you hear someone that has been on the force since the mid 90s doing this, that he knows is illegal, it’s sad,” said Jack Alves, Trumbull resident.

When news of the investigation hit the Trumbull explorers program, they decided to shut the program down until further notice.

“I think that it’s unfortunate and I think that the children are the ones who pay the price for that. And we still have good policemen and we still have good people in the world so they should keep the program going,” said Frank Fedak.

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